It all began with the union of two families in 1931: the wedding of Santina Montorsi and Celestino Sereni in the highlands of Modena brought the Aceto Balsamico production to life, which is still active today, four generations later, at Acetaia Sereni. La batteria (literally “battery”, but a term used for the set of barrels containing balsamic vine...

If Italian wine is excelling in the world’s markets thanks to the quality of its products, made-in-Italy technology dedicated to the vineyard and cellar is no less so. And just as wine is vigorously weathering the storm linked to inflation, raw material costs and international tensions, so the sector of machinery for enology and bottling confirms i...

Naming wine isn’t exactly rocket science. Italian, French and other players in the name game usually conform to standards by listing brand, origin, type, producer, alcohol content, vintage, vineyards, destination, estate, etc. on the labels. Some get lengthy like, for example, Giacomo Bologna Barbera D’Asti, Brico Dell’ Uccellone 2003. Others try t...

There are a lot of things Italians love to debate about. Soccer, of course. Politics (quite the touchy subject, especially these days). Where to find the best deals for anything from groceries to light bulbs.  The greatest debate of all, though, is undoubtedly about food. Sit at any lunch or dinner table across the Bel Paese with more than two peop...

The Maserati Quattroporte has become something like the Godfather of all luxury cars. Not for nothing, Francis Ford Coppola featured it in The Godfather Part III. But legendary mobsters aren’t the only ones loving this car. In fact, movie producers, superstars, royals and oil-rich heirs all go gaga for the Quattroporte. And if you're still unsure a...

In Italy, you don’t find only nice stores, you find very old ones, too. Mind, trade and commerce have a long history everywhere in the world, but there aren’t many places where you can find ateliers, restaurants, or cafés operating for more than – or the best part of – a century (although I am sure that there are a store or two in London or Paris t...

Sicily is a land of flavors, myths, legends and stories, of folk beliefs and sayings that tell an anecdote or reveal the intrinsic character of its inhabitants. From this millenary culture come sweets and first courses, fragrances and flavors that still remain known and hidden treasures, testimony to the worlds and thousand faces of Sicily. Fruits...

In the first nine months of 2022 italian agrifood export registered a growth of 10.9 percent. In 2021 it had already registered an increase of +18.2% over 2020, reaching a value of $6.5 billion (of which $2.3 in wine alone). The sector alone generates more than 10 percent of the value of our exports to the U.S., with a very positive impact on small...

To say that Sardinia is a magical island sounds like the usual cliché. In reality, everything here is imbued with a thousand-year-old culture. More or less hidden, it has come down to us and survives in superstitious rites, folklore, customs and solemn rituals to which the community is very attached. If you visit this island, you will find many obj...

Tomato-based products are an excellence of the Italian food industry. In fact, Italy is not only the third largest processor in the world after the U.S. and China but also the leading processor of tomatoes by-products for final consumption with a 14.8 percent share worldwide and 56.5 percent in Europe, amounting to a turnover of €4 billion. These n...